LEXINGTON - He had never returned a punt during his playing career, but Andrew Hopewell had waited his turn during his three seasons at Kentucky and was willing to do anything to help the Wildcats. On Saturday, he finally got his turn.
But a fumble on his punt return in the first quarter made his big moment one to forget instead of one to remember.
Injuries and suspensions gave Hopewell the chance to play against eighth-ranked Georgia, and he handled Gordon Ely-Kelso's punt at his own 18-yard line. He made two steps to his right before being hit and losing the ball, and Greg Blue recovered for the Bulldogs at the Kentucky 21.
"That was the first punt return in my whole life, not even in high school," Hopewell said. "I was hoping I could have done a lot better with the opportunity, but I tried to do too much and get more yardage after I got hit. In hindsight, I should have just gone down after I got hit.